10 Day Trek – Kilimanjaro Routes – Lemosho


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    This tour is provided by

    Pristine Trails Adventures and Safaris

    Pristine Trails is a top-rated travel and adventure company located in Tanzania. Locally-founded and owned, we are team of experts with passion, years of experience and commitment to our travelers. Our focus is tailor-made tours with a responsible approach, personalized and enriching experiences for the traveler while also benefiting the indigenous people, wildlife and conservation efforts of the country. 

    • 10 Days
    • Group Tour
    • Kilimanjaro

    The Lemosho route is a favorite route up the western side of the mountain, as it passes through some of the most beautiful and pristine forest on Kilimanjaro and crosses the whole of the Shira Plateau, stretching out to the west of Kibo.

    This trek is one of the longest and therefore highly recommended for acclimatization. The terrain changes as you ascend the mountain, passing through thick forest, moorland and scree en route to the highest point of the crater, Uhuru Peak. Choose this route for its gentle ascent to the summit.

    Price Includes

    • Lead Guide(s) English Speaking & Wilderness First Responder Trained
    • Assistant Guide(s), for 2+ people
    • Cook
    • Porters, equipment
    • Porters, personal client luggage (15 kg per client)
    • Sleeping tent, 3-person size for 2 people
    • Sleeping mat, 2-inch foam
    • Pillow
    • Walk-in dining tent and table
    • Backed chairs
    • Wash basins with hot water each morning and evening
    • Private portable toilet with toilet paper
    • Three meals per day & afternoon snack during the trekVegetarian, vegan and gluten free upon request
    • Treated drinking water(minimum of 3L per day while trekking with additional water available at camp)
    • Coffee and tea during the trek
    • Pulse oximeter
    • Altitude sickness checklists
    • First aid kit
    • Emergency oxygen
    • Kilimanjaro National Park feesCamping/hut, rescue, conservation and taxes
    • Pre-trek briefing with your guide
    • Roundtrip airport transfer between Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Moshi
    • Roundtrip transfer between Moshi and the park gate
    • Hotel stays in Moshi pre- and post-trek (2 nights total) on bed & breakfast basis at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

    Price Excludes

    • Gratuities/tips
    • Personal trekking gear such as sleeping bag and clothing
    • Favored beverages (water, soda and alcohol at hotels)
    • Additional accommodation or meals resulting from early descent
    • Tanzania entry visa
    • Travel insurance
    • Domestic or international flights
    • Expenses of a personal nature

    Additional Amenities Available

    • Private portable shower/wash tent
    • Sleeping cot and walk-in sleeping tent
    • Portable altitude chamber(water, soda and alcohol at hotels)
    • Custom evacuation stretcher

    Recommended Tipping Guide

    Tipping is customary on Mount Kilimanjaro for all members of your mountain crew.

    Although they receive a fair wage, they rely on tips for a total fair compensation as set by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project Partners for Responsible Travel.

    Lead Guide

    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $20
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $160

    Assistant Guide

    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $15
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $120


    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $15
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $120

    Special Porters (waiters and summit porters)

    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $8
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $64


    • Per Crew Member/Per Day/Per Group – $6
    • Per Crew Member/Per Trek/Per Group – $48

    The standard guide to client ratio on your trek is 1 lead guide and 1 assistant guide for every 2-4 clients, 1 cook, 2-3 special porters and an average of 4-6 porters per client. Therefore, the total recommended tipping amount per client for this trek ranges from $350-500, depending on the trekking package and total number of people in the trekking group.

    To ensure fair and transparent tipping for each crew member, there will be a tipping ceremony at the pristine trails office following your descent from the mountain. Envelopes will be provided to divide your tips for each member of the crew.


    All quotations are based on the current rates of national park fees, value added tax (VAT), other government taxes and current exchange rates.

    In the event that any of these are increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added to the cost of your trip even if your trip has been paid for already.

    All quotations are based on double or triple occupancy for the pre- and post-trek accommodation and double occupancy on the trek itself. A single supplement fee applies for a solo traveler or a client who wishes to have pre- and post-trek accommodation in a single room and his/her own tent during the trek.

    Children aged 5-15 years receive a discount off the full trek price.

    Residents of the United Republic of Tanzania receive a 50% discount on national park fees. Citizens of East African Community member states receive a 90-95% discount on national park fees, rescue fees, camping fees and forest fees to be calculated at the time of booking.


    Day 1Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi

    Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a Pristine Trails representative and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town. Depending on your arrival time, you will have a pre-trek briefing with your Kilimanjaro guide either this afternoon/evening or the following morning.

    Overnight:  Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
    Transfer Time: 1 Hour
    Meals: None

    Day 2Moshi – Lemosho Glades – Big Tree Camp

    The day begins with a three-hour drive from Moshi to Londrossi Park Gate for registration. Once formalities are completed, you will get back into the car, pass through village communities and arrive at the trailhead at Lemosho Glades to start hiking. You will spend this day in some of the most beautiful forest found on the mountain, with wildlife sightings possible. After a short 2-3 hours you will arrive at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite. Here, like all days, you’ll have an afternoon snack and delicious hot dinner.

    Trekking Time: 2-3 hours • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 mi • Altitude Change: +396 m / +1,299 ft

    Overnight: Big Tree Camp
    Transfer Time: 3 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3Big Tree Camp – Shira Hut 1

    Leaving the forest early in the day, the trail gets steeper as it enters the grasses and wildflowers of the heath and moorland zone towards the valley. A gentle grade walk takes you across the high-altitude Shira Caldera past Shira Cave (views of Arrow glacier) and then gently downwards to Shira Hut 1 located near a stream on the Shira Plateau.

    Trekking Time: 3 hours • Distance: 7 km / 4.3 mi • Altitude Change: +719 m / +2,359 ft

    Overnight: Shira Hut 1
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4Shira Hut 1 – Shira Hut 2

    A gentle hike across the plateau within the moorland meadow takes you to Shira Hut 2 for the afternoon and overnight. Many short hikes are available on the Plateau, making this a great day for acclimatization.

    Trekking Time: 3 hours • Distance: 7 km / 4.3 mi • Altitude Change: +391 m / +1,283 ft

    Overnight: Shira Hut 2
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 5Shira Hut 2 – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

    Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. Traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach to reach Barranco camp. The day has been spent at altitude, but you will have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to avoid altitude sickness by aiding your bodies in acclimatization.

    Trekking Time: 6-7 hours • Distance: 10 km / 6.2 mi • Altitude Change: +732 m / +2,401 ft; -641 m / -2,103 ft

    Overnight: Barranco Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 6Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley

    Start the day by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. Then exit steeply, up what has been termed the Breakfast Wall, which divides you from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It is a climb over rocks, although not technical. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, head towards the Karanga Valley for overnight.

    Trekking Time: 4-5 hours • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 mi • Altitude Change: +48 m / +158 ft

    Overnight: Karanga Valley
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp

    The day is characterized by a short hike on terrain formed by scree. Walk through arid, lunar land towards Barafu Camp where you have the entire afternoon to rest before your assault on the summit begins at midnight.

    Trekking Time: 2-4 hours • Distance: 3.5 km / 2.2 mi • Altitude Change: +628 m / +2,060 ft

    Overnight: Barafu Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 8Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Hut

    We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting around midnight, walking steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5 to 6 hours but you gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. You should be on the crater rim at Stella Point as the first rays of the sun emerge. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround you and the views to Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walk takes you to your goal, the summit of Uhuru, the highest point in Africa. You made it!

    Trekking Time: 6-8 hours • Distance: 5 km / 3.1 mi • Altitude Change: +1233 m / +4,046 ft

    After a quick celebration and photos at the top, you will begin the descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and a short rest before finally heading down to Mweka Hut for a well-earned rest. On the descent, you will have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi peak.

    Trekking Time: 6-8 hours • Distance: 11.5 km / 7.1 mi • Altitude Change: -2789 m / -9,151 ft

    Overnight: Mweka Hut
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 9 Mweka Hut – Mweka Gate – Moshi

    A gentle trek takes you down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate, where park formalities will be completed and you will be met by our vehicles to return you to the Pristine Trails office. Here you will receive your certificate of ascent courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority, have the tipping ceremony for your mountain crew and collect any luggage you stored. Thereafter, you will be driven back to your hotel where you can treat yourself to a well-earned shower and a good night’s sleep.

    Trekking Time: 2-4 hours • Distance: 9 km / 5.6 mi • Altitude Change: -1473 m / -4,832 ft

    Overnight: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
    Transfer Time: 45 mins
    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 10 Continuation of Your Journey or Departure

    After breakfast, you will begin the next leg of your journey either onto your wildlife safari or you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight.

    Transfer Time: 1 hour to airport
    Meals: Breakfast